SRLP Member
edited February 28 in Swaddling


our baby girl is 4 months old and still sleeps with an Ollie swaddle at night. She sleeps from about 8pm till 7am and wakes up a few times a night but thank God has been able to self soothe. She hasn’t started to show signs of rolling over yet, we do tummy time daily. When should we start to remove the swaddle? Sometimes she gets her hands out of it and on those nights she seems to wake up once every hour. She likes the feeling of the swaddle. How would you recommend this transition with the least impact on her sleep? Thank you.


  • Natalie_Barnett_PhD
    Natalie_Barnett_PhD Member, Nanit Team, Expert

    @SRLP At this age I realy want her to start to moove around the crib and start to use her hands to self soothe. So I'd love to transition out of the swaddle. The Ollie is exquisite, and I know how attached you might be to it, but its time to bid farewell to that beautiful peice of brushed cotton jersey knit fabric!

    I recommend starting with one arm out of the swaddle for a couple of nights and then two arms out of the swaddle. Once she has two arms out, you can then remove the swaddle all together.

    It might take her a few days to get used to it, but thats it. Short term pain for long term gain!

    At this age, I really want her to start moving around the crib, so we want her out of the swaddle to do that.

  • Ok thank you.

  • Did this work? Baby moves around with two arms out of swaddle all night long. Is there a problem with keeping her in it until she outgrows it?

  • Sash
    Sash Member
    edited November 2021

    We are in the same boat! Our 4 month old loves his swaddle—-he can semi tolerate one arm out but two arms out is a game changer. He chews on his hands and shifts around so much that he gets upset. He wakes himself with the arms constantly and gets over tired. We went through a week to transition one arm out to two arms out and still he isn’t getting used to it.

  • Actually, we were also hesitant to do this at first but it did work after a few weeks. So she kept moving about the crib, which apparently is what they’re supposed to do to explore their surroundings but it wasn’t easy on her sleep. Initially, she woke up a few times a night. I made sure to put her in a footed onesie and now that it’s colder I put her in a sleep sack. But we completely transitioned out of the swaddle. First with arms out and then removing it completely. It worked for us but it took some time.